Thursday, April 16, 2009

April ATCs - Peach & Cream

One ATC for me (below)
I have made these ATCs thinking of the color-combo peach & cream for my friends who are decidedly "Colour Groupies" : ) We share ATCs on a colour combination every month!

When I set to work I discovered that the color peach was not something I had a lot of in my stash! Fortunately, I found a few items in my studio and Tristan, who is also a member of Colour Groupies, had sent me a bunch of gorgeous peach & gold trim for my birthday. I brought these items in a plastic zip lock bag on my last visit to see my parents in Florida, and enjoyed making a little art on the road. I used watercolour paper as a base, but glued fabric to it. I had bought a wonderful bunch of 5x5 Moda pieces from The fat Quarter Shop - what a tempting place! There are images from ARTchix Studio, beads were sewn or glued on first, regular embroidery thread and silk ribbon embroidery thread was stitched or glued, small little copper Heishi were added (ARTchix)and my favorite hand made lace-like paper was added. I hope you enjoy!

for Frieda (L)

For Caryl (R)

For Debby (L)

For Tristan (R)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

new plans

If I am quiet here on my blog, it is because of a recent decision my husband Steven and I made. After a lot of talking over many months, we have decided to put our home here in Connecticut on the market! Yes, I know we have moved a lot, but this is for a very good reason. Our plan is to sell our home here, and move to a much smaller home very near my parents in Bradenton, FL. We need to sell our home first; that is the ticket to this new plan. Steven and I truly feel this is the best idea all around for everyone, and so we are going forward with the work that needs to be done to accomplish it!

My dad is in remission now from liver cancer and his cancer markers are still low, but he is not done with radiation treatments and he also has a gall bladder operation ahead of him. He is just an amazing man, still marching strongly through all these odds. I will go and visit my mom & dad again in May, around mother's day : ) and I can't wait! When Steven and I last visited them in March, my dad was really doing well for all he has been through, a litany of medical problems over the past 15 months.

So, I do have a few things lined up to post which I will soon, artwork I've done . . . but if it goes quiet here on my blog it is because I am busy cleaning out unneeded possessions, clearing out my studio to the bare minimum, having tag sales, cleaning & showing our home, and other related things . . . . please keep us in your thoughts when you can and send positive energy our way towards accomplishing our goals! thank you . . .

Saturday, April 11, 2009

just for fun - Here it goes again!

Steven found this last night while looking through YouTube . . . he knew I would like it - well, I LOVE it so much I had to share it! It is so creative and fun and I think it speaks to me because of all the years I danced, practiced choreography & performed. This video took a lot of practice!! In looking up the website and blog for this band I see that the Director of this video won awards for it; it does not surprise me. This is the type of music I grew up with in my 20's and 30's and still enjoy. I sent the link to both my boys, Decklin in Cambridge, MA (27) and Dallas in Trieste, Italy (24) -whose musical tastes run in this direction, but you know what? I bet they will tell me they already know all about it, silly mom!
update 6/23/09: Embedding disabled by request, so try this link:
Here It Goes Again - by OK Go ~ Enjoy! I think it will put a smile on your face.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vintage Romance fabric ATC swap

This swap is hosted by my good friend Frieda Oxenham, on the ATCs for ALL site. When I saw that Frieda was hosting this swap via a post on her blog I wrote her immediately even though I was on vacation in Florida! Could I join? Yes, there was room, and so I quickly produced 4 cards - 1 for the swap and 1 as a hostess gift for her. Frieda's are infinitely more romantic than mine . . . . but, I had fun creating mine and hope they are well received. I would call my ATCs for this swap "Modern Vintage Romance" because while they use romantic vintage fabric images from the Alpha Stamps "Kisses" sheet, the background fabrics are decidedly modern!

These ATCs began as one piece that I fused together with timetex interfacing in the middle and cut apart into 4 ATCs. I did this while taking a workshop with Elin Waterston - more on that later! After cutting out the 2.5 x 3.5 pieces, I added the Romantic fabric images from Alpha Stamps and stitched away to my heart's content on each one.

Thank you, Frieda!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Celebrating Paris Challenge

Helga Strauss, owner of ARTchix Studio, gave us this challenge on her inspirational blog: Make a collage of any size or shape celebrating the city of Paris. Then scan and post it to your blog, flickr account or website. Next, click on "comment" at the bottom of this post and leave a note with a link to your art challenge post so I know where to see it online. In addition, please link back to my blog.

Read more about this Art Challenge here on Helga's Blog!
This is what I came up with . . . please click on the scan for a larger picture.

This collage is what I would call one of my "worked on" pieces. Somewhat messy, very busy, very layered - but pleasing to me! It is about 10" x 10" but it actually started out as a much smaller portion -- the piece on the right with the two women's faces. I felt I wanted to do more, so I expanded it. I laid that small section I had done onto a piece of water color paper I had painted 2 years ago for a background and saved (the green & purple you see peeking through).

The 2 women & the Eiffel Tower, the telegram on the bottom left, the transparency of the menu in French in the middle, the words cut out (paper & transparency), and the perfume label can all be found at ARTchix Studio.

I added rubber stamping on a postal theme using StazOn inks (permanent) as this turned into a "love letters" from Paris collage. I added white pearl Jacquard paint - which I sponged & stenciled on with a doily (and then added a real doily). Old postage stamps and real buttons to compliment the ones on the Trip to France collage sheet were also added. I spritzed some walnut ink to age it a bit. The scan cuts off the edges just a bit so you really cannot see the whole thing, but I ran a gold metallic marker around all the edges.

I am not a huge fan of Paris per say, although I have never been there. But I chose to take Helga up on her challenge anyway, because she always makes me stretch and try things I would not be trying if she did not suggest it! I really love the challenges, love flexing my creative muscles and making things. It is not a requirement of Helga's, but I also cannot help but work with some of the many yummy artchix studio goodies that I have on hand when I participate.
Thanks again, Helga!